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Rush Fire District – Newsletter T/o Rush  JUNE & JULY 2019

CHIEF JAMES J BUCCI Jr.: The Rush Fire Department members, officers and Rush Fire District Commissioners acknowledges and thanks everyone for the kind words, comments on our facebook pages and prayers for our members, family any many friends of Chief James J. Bucci Jr. Thank you to following organizations: The Rush FD Ladies Auxiliary. The Monroe County Fire Bureau, Fire Coordinator Steve Shalabba and Asst. Fire Coordinator Derek Hardy for setting up mutual aid coverage during this past week. The following fire departments that filled in our station: Laurelton, Hilton, Webster, Brighton, Penfield, Spencerport, Gates, Bushnells Basin, West Webster, Chili and Fairport.  Our neighbors who were also on standby:  Avon, East Avon, Henrietta, Honeoye Falls and Scottsville. We also wish to thank the many fire departments in western NY that contacted us to provide anything we might have needed.   Ambulance & EMS  coverage was coordinated by the Monroe Co. EMS Coordinator Tim Czapranski and CHS ambulance. CHS and Honeoye-Falls Mendon Ambulance. The Rush FD & Monroe County Medical Director – Dr. Jeremy Cushman. Our Chaplin Rev. Dr. Charles “Buzz” Grimm. The Monroe Co. Sheriffs office, New York State Police and NYS Office of Fire Prevention & Control.   Asst. Chiefs  Jon Faugh and Sean Brown had several meetings with Reg Allen the Chief of CHS Ambulance to coordinate everything that had to be done for the viewing and funeral. Thank you CHS for everything that you did and continue to do.

It is impossible to adequately report what James J. Bucci Jr. has done for the us, the towns of Rush, Henrietta, County of Monroe and the fire and ambulance community in New York State. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. MAY HE REST IN PEACE.  

THE DEPARTMENTS FUTURE: Jim will be missed and we know how much he did to make our fire department and ambulance service what it is but he wasn’t alone. The residents of Rush can be confident that the officers and membership will step up and fill the void that has been created. It is not going to be easy but it will be done. The membership is committed to do it.

CLEANING THE STATIONS:  It has been a two years since the firefighters have been cleaning the stations saving taxpayer money for a paid cleaning service.  Lifetime Assistance is also helping with some of the cleaning with their clients doing the cleaning and getting work experience.

YOUR TAX RATE: It is time for us to start to prepare a 2020 budget. It is our goal to keep the rate the same as last year. At this time you pay $1.15 per thousand. Our costs continue to go up and we try to save money any place we can. We have two major reserve funds, one for building and grounds and the other for apparatus and major equipment such as the radio system replacement, addition to fire station and new vehicles. We had to spend $280,000 on the new radio system going on line in January of 2020 from a reserve fund.

RECRUIT NY OPEN HOUSE: It was held April 28th from 1 to 4 pm. The Ladies Auxiliary provided char-broiled hots, chips, cookies and drinks. The kids received a 15” collector fire truck, plastic fire helmet. The turnout was very disappointing but we did get one new member so it was worth the effort by the 20 firefighters, officers, ladies auxiliary and explorers who were at the station. Many departments around NYS report no one showing up at their open house.

ANNUAL FUND DRIVE: In June all resident should have received a fund drive request for Ambulance and Fire Department operations. We still operate the only free BLS ambulance service in the county. A special “thank you” to all of the residents that contributed to our annual fund drive. Over the years your fund drive money has purchased 10  Ambulances, 4 Rescue trucks, 2  4-wheel drive trucks, the 2 ATVs, the 2 Boats and trailers, the “ Jaws of life” and thousands of dollars of other equipment and radios. Your firefighters appreciate the Rush community financial support that is unmatched per mailing anywhere in western New York!

PARADES: The Fire Department, Ladies Auxiliary, Explorers, Band and Apparatus will be attending area parades. For a complete list go to  and click on Parades.

RUSH SENIORS PICNIC: The Rush firefighters will provide the hots, hamburgs and rolls for the July & August picnics held in the FD pavilion for Rush senior citizens.

CARNIVAL JULY 11, 12 and 13. Thursday night reduced prices on clams and beer. Legal Gambling every night.  The Parade will be Friday night 7 pm sharp! A band will play on Saturday night.  "FREE ADMISSION NO COVER" ONE PRICE RIDE SPECIALS: Thursday night 6 to 10 pm & Saturday 1 to 5 pm. CHICKEN BAR-B-QUE: is on Saturday. FIREWORKS:  10:15 pm Saturday night.

CARNIVAL RAFFLE: 50/50 raffle tickets are available now. THREE prizes of  will be given out. The  drawing at 11 pm Saturday night. Last year we awarded.

RUSH FIRE DEPARTMENT WEB SITE IS: – Go there for news, photos, history, recruitment info, membership lists, officers, apparatus, classic photos, links to other related sites. We are also on Facebook under Rush Volunteer Fire Department.


LADIES AUXILIARY: Please contact Joan Madigan at 229-4168 or email her or  website